ICMG21 – The 14th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Charleston South Carolina, U.S.A.

Dates:  June 21 – 25 2021

Conference Theme: Military Geosciences in the 21st Century: Past Lessons and Modern Challenges

Location: The Conference will be held from Monday June 21 through Friday June 25, 2021, on the Campus of the College of Charleston.  The Conference is being organized on behalf of the Desert Research Institute (DRI, Reno, Nevada), the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston, and the International Association for Military Geosciences (IAMG).

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the College of Charleston is a beautiful and historic campus, (founded in 1770).  The campus lies within the Charleston historic district where the city was founded in 1670 as a seaport city.  The city is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.

Themes:  We seek abstracts that link a wide range of military activities within a broad span of geological, geographical, archeological, suitability, historical, and spatial analysis.  Examples include (additional examples can be viewed at http://militarygeoscience.org/about/):

  • Engineering Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geospatial Sciences
  • Geophysics
  • Climatology
  • Environmental Science
  • Cognate disciplines
  • Warfare and geology
  • Military response to predictive climate change
  • Beyond warfare: Pandemics to providing vital resources
  • Terrain Analysis
  • Historical Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Land Management
  • Military tourism
  • Naval geography
  • Environmental issues of military activities
  • Geospatial intelligence
  • International security: borders to natural resources
  • Archaeology

Abstracts:  We anticipate submission deadline of March 31, 2021.  A volume of peer-reviewed papers presented at the Conference will be published summer of 2022.

Post-Conference Excursion:  Coastal Geology and Military History: A post-conference tour is being planned for the dates of June 26 through June 29.  The excursion will begin in Charleston, SC and end in Charlotte, NC.  The theme of the tour will be military history and coastal environments.

 Conference Committee:

  • Prof Eric McDonald (DRI)
  • Dr. Brad Sion (DRI)
  • Prof Steve Henderson (Emeritus, Oxford College, Emory University)
  • Prof Tim Callahan (Chair: Geology and Environmental Geosciences, College of Charleston)

Covid-19 Pandemic:  We will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic in the U.S. and globally.  A decision will be made in February 2021 regarding a potential postponement of the Conference due to status of the Covid-19 pandemic and related challenges with travel for June 2021.

Further details will be made available as they become available.